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Match played at Sydney Cricket Ground (day/night), on 2015-03-18
Cricket World Cup 2015

As it happened: Proteas ease into semi-finals

2015-03-18 11:10
Last Updated at 23:21
18 Mar 14:13
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18 Mar 11:36

Thanks for tuning in!

The Proteas play their semi-final match next Tuesday in Auckland.

It will be against either New Zealand or West Indies.

Be sure to join us then for more interactive commentary from 03:00 (SA time)!

18 Mar 11:31

Quotes from SA captain AB de Villiers:

"I didn't have to say much, we were very motivated for this game. The guys were in a really good space and they rocked up mentally...

"I was going to bat first but I would have backed the batters to do a good job out there. It was incredible the job the bowlers did up front.

"De Kock  has been going through a tough time, you go through patches in your career, the coaches kept backing him, for him to pull it off with a really special knock and a couple of catches.

"The spinners came in at a crucial stage, we kept them back until the 14-15th over, so for the two of them to come on against a subcontinental team at a crucial stage was really impressive.

"I'm quietly confident, I like to believe in big things. I truly believe we're going to go all the way. For now we're just going to enjoy a beer and think about what's to come."

18 Mar 11:26

Quotes from Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews:

"We had to get 250 to give our bowlers a chance. Maybe the nerves, we didn't go for our shots. This is the worst performance that we've had in the World Cup and it came in the quarter-final.

"We know South Africa have a really good attack but we were not there from ball one.

"It's disappointing not to make it a memorable one for Sangakkara and Jayawardene, to thank them for their services for 16-17 years. The best thing would have been to get to the final but unfortunately that hasn't happened."

18 Mar 11:22

Quotes from man-of-the-match Imran Tahir:

"I can't complain, thanks for the support from back home and the people here. I've been thinking about this game and I'm really glad.

"I've got everything from South Africa, so I always say I have to give everything back. I just try to do my role, it's an absolute honour and I'm loving it.

"There's some good and great players (in the team), just playing with them is a dream come true for me. It's a great feeling and motivates me every day."

18 Mar 11:11

South Africa in Cricket World Cup knockout games:

1992 (SF-lost to Eng)

1996 (QF-lost to WI)

1999 (SF-tied with Aus)

2007 (SF-lost to Aus)

2011 (QF-lost to NZ)

2015 (QF-beat SL)

18 Mar 11:07
"I have got everything from South Africa so I really feel I have to pay the country back," Tahir on his crazy wicket celebrations.
18 Mar 11:05

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH

SA leg-spinner Imran Tahir has received the best player award for claiming figures of 4/26 in 8.2 overs.

18 Mar 11:02

The Proteas will play either New Zealand or West Indies in the semi-finals in Auckland next Tuesday!

New Zealand and the West Indies square off in Wellington in their quarter-final on Saturday.

18 Mar 10:59

Well done to the Proteas, who have finally won a knockout game at the Cricket World Cup - at their 6th attempt!

De Kock finishes not out 78 off just 57 balls. He has found form in the nick of time!

18 Mar 10:58

South Africa 134/1 after 18 overs.

Result: SA win by 9 wickets!

18 Mar 10:57
FOUR! De Kock drives Malinga through the covers to end Sri Lanka's misery...
18 Mar 10:55
Only 4 runs needed for victory now...
18 Mar 10:51

MATCH ATTENDANCE: 27 259

18 Mar 10:50

SA 123/1 after 17 overs.

They need 11 runs to win off 33 overs!

18 Mar 10:44

OVERS 15: SA 110/1

They require 24 more runs to win off 210 balls.

18 Mar 10:43
It would have been the catch of the tournament!
18 Mar 10:42

CHANCE! De Kock is dropped in the deep by Kusal Perera and it goes for a boundary...

It was nevertheless a great diving attempt by the Sri Lankan fielder there...

18 Mar 10:41
FOUR! Too short from Perera and De Kock duly pulls him away to the boundary.
18 Mar 10:40
Seamer Thisara Perera now into the attack for Sri Lanka as South Africa need 34 runs to win off 36 overs.
18 Mar 10:38
100 up  for South Africa, coming off 13.5 overs.
18 Mar 10:35

HALF-CENTURY for De Kock, coming off 39 balls.

It's his 5th ODI half-century, to go with 6 centuries.

18 Mar 10:32
50 PARTNERSHIP between De Kock and Du Plessis.
18 Mar 10:30
FOUR! De Kock with a beautiful on drive against Chameera. He looks in fine form now...
18 Mar 10:23
18 Mar 10:22
De Kock misses out on the free hit. It's remarkable how often the free hit delivery yields no runs...
18 Mar 10:22

FREE HIT

Chameera over-steps to give De Kock a free shot.

18 Mar 10:21

FOUR MORE! De Kock now pulls Chameera for another boundary to move into the 40s.

18 Mar 10:20
FOUR! De Kock with another beautiful cover drive to the boundary. It takes him to 38.
18 Mar 10:18
Seamer Dushmantha Chameera is the new bowler into the attack for Sri Lanka.
18 Mar 10:17

OVERS 10: SA 61/1

They require 73 more runs to win off 240 balls.

18 Mar 10:17
FOUR! De Kock cuts Kaushal past point for another boundary.
18 Mar 10:14
Du Plessis can't get a full toss away and the free hit is wasted...
18 Mar 10:13
Malinga's free hit delivery is a wide, so Du Plessis will have another go...
18 Mar 10:12

FREE HIT

Malinga over-steps which gives Du Plessis the opportunity to have a go at one.

 
  • End of Match - South Africa have won this game emphatically! They finally broke the curse of not winning a knock-out game in World Cups! It started with their bowlers and then de Kock made sure the job was done. He ends up with 78 not out and was aggressive and he has played himself back into form. It's sad to know that we will no longer see Jayawardene and Sangakkara in the color kit and you could say its the end of an era. Sangakkara will still play a few more tests. Lots of the South African players having a chat with Sangakkara and you can see the respect they have for this legend of the game. We've enjoyed bringing you the first of the quarter-finals of this edition of the World Cup 2015 and do join us tomorrow for the next game tomorrow between India and Bangladesh. Cheers!

  • 18

    Malinga is back. de Kock gets 3 runs off the first ball. A single follows off the next ball. 2 runs off the next ball. Just 5 runs needed now. Malinga bowls a bouncer the next ball and its been called a wide. 2 dot balls follow. Last ball has been crunched through the covers by de Kock for 4! South Africa have done it! They have won by 9 wickets.

  • 17

    Kaushal concedes 3 runs off the first ball. 2 dot balls follow. 2 runs taken off the fourth ball. 2 dot balls to end the over.

  • 16

    Dilshan is back. Two runs taken off the first over, followed by a single. 2 runs taken off the third ball and fourth ball. A dot ball and a single follow.

  • 15

    Thisara Perera into the attack. Starts with a dot ball, followed by a single. Next ball is short and de Kock pulls it through mid-wicket for 4! A dot ball follows. Another short ball that's been pulled through mid-wicket for 4 by de kock. There was a brilliant attempt by Kaushal to take the catch but couldn't hold on and it rolls over the boundary rope. A wide is followed by a dot ball.

  • 14

    de Kock gets 2 runs off the first ball from Kaushal. A dot ball is followed by a single. Another dot ball and single follow. Dot ball to end the over.

  • 13

    de Kock plays the first ball from Chameera down the ground for 4! Next ball has been sprayed down the legside for 4 wides. Sanga stood no chance of stopping that. Next ball has hit de Kock on the helmet as he tries to pull and goes over the keeper for 4! Single off the next ball. Dot ball and a single follow. Next ball is a wide and de Kock gets a single off the last ball to get his 50! It has come off 39 balls.

  • 12

    Kaushal concedes a single off the first ball, followed by a dot ball and a single. Three dot balls to end the over.

  • 11

    Chameera replaces Malinga. Single taken off the first ball. Next ball has been laced through the covers for 4 by de Kock! Looks like he has found his form. He pulls the next ball through mid-wicket for 4! It's a no ball as well. Free hit coming up. Bowls the ball in the block hole and there's no run. A wide follows. Pressure getting to this young bowler. Single taken off the next ball. Faf gets 2 off the next ball. A wide and a single to end the over.

  • 10

    Kaushal concedes a single off the first ball of his over. 2 runs taken off the next ball, followed by a dot ball. Single and a dot ball follow. Last ball has been cut through point for 4 by de Kock!

  • 9

    Malinga bowling his fifth straight over. Faf gets 2 off the first ball. Two dot balls are followed by a single. Fifth ball is a dot ball. de Kock gets 3 off the sixth ball and its a no ball. Free hit coming up. It's a wide that Sanga does well to stop. A dot ball to end the over. 50 coming up for South Africa in the over.

  • 8

    Kaushal continues and starts with a dot ball. Single taken off the next ball. Four dot balls follow. Good start from this spinner but they need wickets.

  • 7

    Malinga starts with a slower ball and de Kock plays it wonderfully through the covers for 4! Good bouncer to end the over.

  • -

  • 6

    Malinga into his fourth over. Two runs taken by Amla off the first ball. Next ball is a wide. 2 dot balls follow. WICKET! This ball is shortish and its been cut by Amla towards third man and Kulasekara comes running in and takes a good low catch. It was a close call as Malinga just has some part of his foot behind the line. The difference might have been an inch. Amla has to go for 16 off 23 balls. At the fall of the wicket, they will go in and take the dinner break and Faf will come in when they are back on the field. We'll be back in 30 min.

  • 6

    It's time for the mystery spinner, Tharindu Kaushal. He starts with 3 dot balls. Amla gets 3 off the fourth ball as he flicks it behind square-leg. de Kock gets 2 off the next ball and ends with a dot ball.

  • 5

    Amla gets a single off the first ball from Malinga. Next ball is a dot ball. Third ball is a slower ball that's a low full toss and opens the face and guides this square for 4! Next ball is played off his pads by de Kock and they get 2 runs. It's a no ball as Malinga has overstepped and free hit coming up. Free hit is a good ball and de Kock can't get it away for a run. Two more dot balls to end the over.

  • 4

    Kulasekara into the attack. The experiment with Dilshan just lasting an over. Single off the first ball. de Kock plays the next delivery beautifully through square for 4! Next ball has some width and its the same result as he plays this through point again! Dot ball follows. Fifth ball has been flicked to the mid-wicket boundary for 4 ! Dot ball to end the over.

  • 3

    First ball from Malinga is a bouncer and Amla pulls it to square-leg for 2 runs. A dot ball is followed by a single. Fourth ball is a brilliant yorker that de Kock manages to dig out and get a single. Dot ball is followed by a single.

  • 2

    Dilshan to open the bowling at the other end. Single taken off the first ball, followed by a dot ball and a single. Three dot balls to end the over.

  • 1

    First ball has been smashed through the covers for 4 by Amla! Malinga follows the rest of the over up with 5 really good dot balls.

  • -

  • Innings Break - Well, well...The Duminy hat-trick is what turned this game around. To go from 114/4 to 118/8, something special happened. Between the spinners, they have taken 7 wickets. Steyn, Abbott and Morkel each chipped in with a wicket each.

  • 38

    Wicket: Tahir is back into the attack to Malinga. WICKET!! Miller takes the catch at extra-cover. Malinga c D Miller b Tahir 3(6). That's it Sri Lanka is all out!!

  • 37

    We are back!!! Lasith Malinga, is the new batsman after the rain delay. Morkel completes his over. It's a swing and a miss outside the off stump by Malinga. Malinga swings again and collects 3 off a no ball. We almost have a run out, but Chameera survives. The free hit goes for a couple more.

  • 36

    Wicket: Morne Morkel is back. Kumar swings and misses outside the off stump. WICKET!! Sanga departs!!! EDGED to third man and well taken by Miller. Is this the last time we will see Kumar? Sangakkara c D Miller b M Morkel 45(96). It's raining!! and they leave the field at 06H15 GMT.

  • 36

    Hat-trick: Kyle Abbott is back into the attack as the Power Play is taken. Sangakkara has decided it's time to hit! A FOUR!! to backward point, is followed by a couple square of the wicket. FOUR more! to deep midwicket. He retains the strike with a last ball single. It's 11 off the over.

  • 35

    Hat-trick: JP continues. WICKET!! EDGED and taken by de Kock!! It was the slider from Duminy and all credit to Nuwan, as he walked!! N Kulasekara c de Kock b Duminy 1(2) . T Kaushal, walks in next. GONE!! He lasts one ball. JP has stepped up to the plate. In theory it's a hat-trick!!! He has taken three wickets with his last three deliveries. Kaushal lbw b Duminy 0(1). Dushmantha Chameera joins Sangakkara. JP is the first South African to get a hat-trick in a World Cup!! It's also a MAIDEN!!

  • 34

    Wicket: Thisara Perera is in next, as Tahir replaces Steyn! WICKET!!! Imran Tahir takes another 80 metre run across the SCG!! EDGED, off the keeper's glove and well taken at slip. T Perera c Rossouw b Tahir 0(3). They are in all sorts of trouble now. Nuwan Kulasekara joins Sanga.

  • 33

    Wicket: Duminy starts his 8th over. EDGED and Mathews is lucky here, as he collects two runs. WICKET!! The pressure has paid off!! Mathews gives his wicket away as Faf takes a simple catch at short midwicket. Mathews c du Plessis b Duminy 19(32). DRINKS!!

  • 32

    Steyn starts the next over and there's a huge appeal for LBW against Mathews. NOT OUT!! Too high!! He get's off strike with a single to square leg. A single ends the over. The run rate is now at 3.41.

  • 31

    JP Duminy replaces Morne Morkel. They start with two singles. Good fielding as they prevent any more runs.

  • 30

    The Steyn remover is back. Excellent running as Sanga steals a single. They take one more after a Mathews pull to the leg side. Kumar pushes the next delivery past point for a single. Only three runs from that Steyn over.

  • 29

    It's 100 UP!! as Morkel concedes a first ball single. This is the slowest 100 from Sri Lanka in this tournament. Morkel strikes Mathews on the finger as he takes evasive action. He seems fine after a visit from the physio. OOHH! That was close!! Mathews plays it off his legs and Rillee Rossouw just cannot get there. Well bowled Morkel!!

  • 28

    Tahir continues. Mathews launches and it's FOUR!! over deep midwicket. The pressure is building. Mathews adds a single. Another good over from Tahir.

  • 27

    Morne Morkel is back into the attack. Sangakkara, starts with a single and then Mathews tucks it to fine leg, for a couple more. He adds another to fine leg.

  • 26

    It's another tight Tahir over and just two runs off it. The spinners are doing well for South Africa now.

  • 25

    Duminy continues. Another decent over from him and just three from this over.

  • 24

    Wicket: Tahir strikes. WICKET!! Mahela goes soon after that review. M Jayawardene c du Plessis b Tahir 4(16). A good catch by Faf at short midwicket. That was a wrong-un!! Angelo Mathews is in next and is off the mark with a single. A single ends the over.

  • 23

    Duminy continues. It's four singles off the over as they rotate the strike.

  • 22

    Tahir bowls his fourth, as Kumar pushes past the bowler for a single. A huge appeal for LBW is turned down. AB reviews the decision. NOT OUT!! Impact was outside the off stump, but that would have hit the wickets!! LUCKY!!

  • 21

    Duminy starts with two wides. This ieg stump line is negative from JP! It's four runs off the over.

  • 20

    Wicket: Tahir comes from around the wicket. WICKET!! Thirimanne chips it back to Tahir. Tahir may have held that one back a bit. Thirimanne c and b Tahir 41(48). The celebratory run by Tahir could well have been close to 80 metres!! Mahela Jayawardene joins Kumar. They add two leg byes.

  • 19

    Duminy continues. A single starts the over. He drifts down the leg side and is tucked to fine leg, for two. Thirimanne retains the strike with a final ball, single.

  • 18

    Tahir continues. A single is followed by a wide! EDGED and three runs down to third man. Should AB have a slip?

  • 17

    Duminy continues and a decent over from him. Only three singles off it.

  • 16

    Imran Tahir starts after the break. Thirimanne pushes past the bowler for a single. He beats Kumar's outside edge. FOUR!! He steps across to the off stump and pulls it over fine leg. FIFTY PARTNERSHIP!!

  • 15

    50: JP Duminy comes into the attack. Thirimanne pushes for a single into the covers. Sangakkara tucks to the leg side for another. FIFTY UP AND DRINKS!!

  • 14

    Abbott continues and drifts down the leg side. He concedes a single to Thirimanne, as a result. Just a single off the over.

  • 13

    Morne Morkel bowls his fourth over. FOUR BYES!! Morkel drops that short and it flies over the head of de Kock. A good over from him, despite the byes.

  • 12

    Kyle Abbott returns. Fantastic fielding from Duminy, at point. That saved four! Thirimanne tucks it to third man, for a single. Kumar adds three more, to deep midwicket. Good running. It's 500 runs!! to Sangakkara, in this World Cup!

  • 11

    Morkel continues. 2 wides!! He digs in a short ball and is called a wide. Good running and steal a single to AB, again. It's more of a leg stump line from Morkel now. This is clearly a tactic for Sangakkara.

  • 10

    Steyn bowls his fifth over. He drifts down the leg side and gives away a couple of runs. FOUR! Thirimanne goes over the ring, to midwicket. Good running and they steal a single to AB! Kumar pulls to fine leg, for a last ball single.

  • 9

    Morkel continues. FOUR and lucky!! Thirimanne plays past a diving Faf du Plessis, at point. FOUR!! This time he times it perfectly, to the point fence. A single ends the over.

  • 8

    Dale Steyn changes ends. He continues with that off stump line to Sangakkara. It's a MAIDEN!!

  • 7

    Morne Morkel, replaces Dale Steyn. It's good carry and good pace from him. Kumar is off the mark, with a nudge off his pads. Morkel, comes from around the wicket and it's a no ball. The free-hit is a dot ball!!

  • 6

    Abbott bowls his third over. Thirimanne inside edges and collects a couple on the leg side. FOUR!! A good cover drive, off the middle of the bat. Good shot! FOUR more!! to the same spot and AB cannot get to it.

  • 5

    Wicket: WICKET!!! The Steyn remover strikes!! A good catch at second slip removes Dilshan, as the pressure of the maiden overs, take effect. Dilshan c du Plessis b Steyn 0(7). Lahiru Thirimanne, walks in next. A misfield gives Thirimanne a single. It's a wide again, outside leg.

  • 4

    Abbott beats Kumar with the first ball, outside the off stump. They change the ball after only one over!! What's going on? The new ball goes for a wide! down leg. A really good over from Kyle.

  • 3

    Steyn continues. Dilshan now swings outside the off stump. It's a second MAIDEN!!

  • 2

    Wicket: Kyle Abbott takes the other new ball. Abbott also starts outside the off stump. Perera swings and misses. WICKET!!!! EDGED and well taken in front of first slip by de Kock, at a second attempt! K Perera c de Kock b Kyle Abbott 3(10). The man of the moment. Kumar Sangakkara, joins Dilshan. A wicket MAIDEN!!

  • 1

    Dale Steyn starts proceedings to Kusal Janith Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan. We have two slips in place. Steyn starts with an off side line. We have a swing and a miss from Perera. EDGED over the slips for a couple. A single to third man ends the over. A good start from Steyn.

  • Team Sri Lanka - Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w/k), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(captain), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, T Kaushal, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera

  • Team South Africa - Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w/k), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers(captain), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

  • Sri Lanka have won the toss - and have opted to bat first.

  • Welcome to the SCG - The Sydney Cricket Ground hosts the first quarter final of the 2015 ICC World Cup, between South Africa and Sri Lanka. All eyes will be on South Africa who stumbled at this hurdle in 2011 and their opponents Sri Lanka, who has the in-form Kumar Sangakkara. All in all we can look forward to an action packed match. Please join us for the Toss in a short while.

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Match Info
  • 134/1
    133
    TBC
    Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
    Nigel Llong, Rod Tucker
    Richard Kettleborough
    David Boon
  • Batting
    • R
    • B
    • 4s
    • 6s
    Kusal Perera
    c de Kock b Abbott
    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    c du Plessis b Steyn
    Kumar Sangakkara
    c Miller b Morkel
    Lahiru Thirimanne
    c & b Imran Tahir
    Mahela Jayawardene
    c du Plessis b Imran Tahir
    Angelo Mathews
    c du Plessis b Duminy
    Thisara Perera
    c Rossouw b Imran Tahir
    Nuwan Kulasekara
    c de Kock b Duminy
    Tharindu Kaushal
    lbw b Duminy
    Dushmantha Chameera
    not out
    Lasith Malinga
    c Miller b Imran Tahir
    • 3
    • 10
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 7
    • 0
    • 0
    • 45
    • 96
    • 3
    • 0
    • 41
    • 48
    • 5
    • 0
    • 4
    • 16
    • 0
    • 0
    • 19
    • 32
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • 2
    • 5
    • 0
    • 0
    • 3
    • 6
    • 0
    • 0
    Extras
    (b 4, lb 2, w 7, nb 2)
    15
    TOTAL
    (all out wickets; 37.2 overs)
    133
  • Bowling
    • O
    • M
    • R
    • W
    Dale Steyn
    Kyle Abbott
    Morne Morkel
    Jean-Paul Duminy
    Imran Tahir
    • 7
    • 2
    • 18
    • 1
    • 6
    • 1
    • 27
    • 1
    • 7
    • 1
    • 27
    • 1
    • 9
    • 1
    • 29
    • 3
    • 8.2
    • 0
    • 26
    • 4
  • Fall of Wickets
    • Fall of wickets: 1-3 (MDKJ Perera
    • 1.4 ov)
    • 2-4 (Dilshan
    • 4.1 ov)
    • 3-69 (Thirimanne
    • 19.1 ov)
    • 4-81 (Jayawardene
    • 23.1 ov)
    • 5-114 (Mathews
    • 32.6 ov)
    • 6-115 (NLTC Perera
    • 33.4 ov)
    • 7-116 (Kulasekara
    • 34.1 ov)
    • 8-116 (Kaushal
    • 34.2 ov)
    • 9-127 (Sangakkara
    • 36.2 ov)
    • 10-133 (Malinga
    • 37.2 ov)

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